Friday, August 24, 2007

DEAR DAD: PLEASE SHUT UP

If this were the Vickpranos, Jr. Boddie would get "whacked."

According to the AP Michael Vick's father said he asked his son to give up dogfighting, or to at very least to title his property in others’ names to keep the heat off his trail according to a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“Michael Boddie, who is estranged from Vick and the quarterback's mother, also said some time around 2001 his son staged dogfights in the garage of the family home in Newport News, Va. Boddie told the newspaper Vick kept fighting dogs in the family's backyard, including dogs that were "bit up, chewed up, exhausted.”

In addition:

“… Boddie dismissed the idea that Vick's longtime friends were the main instigators of the dogfighting operation.

"I wish people would stop sugarcoating it," Boddie told The Journal-Constitution. "This is Mike's thing. And he knows it ... likes it, and he has the capital to have a set up like that."

Um, Dad, you're not helping...

Evidently Michael and his dear old dad don’t get along so well. (Can’t imagine why?). Evidently Vick has refused to speak with him the past few month, but that hasn’t stopped the $130 million QB from paying dad’s rent and staking him with some cash here and there.

Evidently Pops was looking to formalize their financial relationship when he asked his son for $1 million spread out over 12 years. Vick declined, and dear old dad countered with a $700,000 request. We don’t imagine Boddie’s recent ink helped the negotiations.

In somewhat better news for Vicksters, ESPN reported that Vick's defense team met with federal attorneys Thursday afternoon to determine the "summary of facts" to which Vick will plead. But ESPN's source said Vick maintains he never killed dogs and never gambled on a dog fight. The source told ESPN the Atlanta Falcons quarterback will plead guilty to the charge of interstate commerce for the purpose of dogfighting.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

A TAH ORIGINAL. A picture is still worth 1,000 words.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

GO AHEAD, LAUGH. You've got LeBron, Carmello and Kobe. Giggle it up. Coaches Jim Boeheim, Mike Krzgjdugr4ski, Mike D'Antoni and Nate McMillan of the USA Men's Senior National Team share a laugh during game against Venezuela during the first round of the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship. U.S.A. won the game by 43 points, and followed up with a 129-53 win over the Virgin Islands. The top two teams in the tourney get automatic Olympic bids.

(Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

"CUARENTA MINUTOS DE INFIERNO." Looks who's back...Nolan "Forty Minutes of Hell" Richardson a little lighter and a little greyer. Richardson grew up in El Paso, so close to the Mexican border that he could throw a baseball and retrieve it in the neighboring town of Juarez. His was the only black family in a Mexican neighborhood, and he learned Spanish from his friends. Now he is the coach of the Mexican National team. Here he calls a play against Puerto Rico during the first round of the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship on August 22, 2007 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

(Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

THE CLASSICS

It's retro, BABY!

For the rest of August and the month of September, TAH will bring back some classic TAH banners. Some of these were from the early days of TAH and thus not fully appreciated, and others are still relevant.


So why not start off with this CLASSIC Vick banner? Of course, this is Marcus (above) in one of the most popular internet Vick photos. You Google "Vick" and you get this photo shop every time. Guess that's what happens when you pull a gun on a couple of teenagers at a Mickie-D's.

It is odd that it wasn't Marcus that turned out to be the future ex-con, and it is equally ironic that during this period TAH invented the third Vick brother (pictured right) named coincidentally "Mar-vicious."

Who knew?

Classic.

THE ACC GAME OF THE WEEK

Speaking of new features. This football season, Today's ACC Headlines is proud to announce a new feature called CLARK'S CHRONICLES. In this wonderful new item, local barrister, FSU grad and ubberfan John Clark (pictured right in red shirt following either the "Wide Left" game or the "Wide Right" game, we aren't sure which) will make a guest appearance at TAH. Clark will be delighting our loyal readers with an recap of the "The ACC Game of the Week."

Clark will write about the game of his choice unless he constantly picks games including the Noles, which following at least two early losses, will be meaningless.

VICK STAYING PUT AT TECH

Again, the folks at Virginia Tech do well under adverse circumstances. As soon as the word leaked out that Vick would plead guilty, the cries for the Hokies to abandon his legacy began. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed. The Hokie brain trust was wise to deal with this now, as indecision only fuels the fire -- a distraction the football team doesn't need vs. ECU or LSU.

According to the Daily Press: Despite Vick's plan to enter a guilty plea next Monday in a Richmond courtroom on dogfighting charges, Weaver said Tuesday there are no plans to remove the Vick 7 banner at Lane Stadium or any other reminders of Vick's playing days. Weaver said the banner is a tribute to Vick's college career.

"He earned that while he was (at Tech) before he engaged in these (dogfighting) activities," Beamer said. "Personally, I don't think there's any need to do anything about it."

In addition to the banner, which was raised in a ceremony in 2002, a hallway in the Jamerson Athletic Center bears Vick's name -- Michael Vick Hall. Inside the hallway are meeting and film rooms used by the football team. There are also several mementos in an athletic museum in the Jamerson Center associated with games Vick participated in during his two years (1999 and 2000) as Tech's starting quarterback.

Weaver said Vick's name won't be removed from the hallway door, and none of the mementos will be removed either. Weaver added he hadn't had any discussions with university administration about removing Michael Vick-related materials.

"I don't see any reason to do anything at this time," Weaver said. "But I will just tell you that I'm saddened that this has happened. We certainly don't condone the activities."

GIMME A "D," GIMME AN "E," GIMME AN "A"...

You get the point.

The man who made a career of spelling O-R-I-O-L-E-S has gone to the big Section 34 in the sky. William "Wild Bill" Hagy, who ruled the upper deck at old Memorial Stadium, has died at that age of 68.

Wearing a straw hat and a scraggly beard, Hagy led cheers at the Orioles' old stadium during the 1970s and 1980s. He spelled out O-R-I-O-L-E-S with his body while fans yelled each letter in unison.

"He was part of a great era," Orioles Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer said. "If you recall, we didn't draw many people back then. Best team in baseball, and we were drawing 1.2 million. He made it exciting to come to the ballpark."

A cabdriver during the day, Hagy guzzled many a beer in the stands while the fans eagerly waited for him to wave his hands over his head to start his trademark cheer. During important games, the team allowed him to climb on top of the Orioles dugout to rally the crowd with his act.

Hagy was scruffy, had a beer belly and often wore tank tops to the game. Yet this cabdriver from Dundalk led a generation of Orioles backers in the cheap seats of an aging stadium that drew far more fans for NFL games involving the Baltimore Colts.

Hagy put an end to his antics when the Orioles moved to Camden Yards in 1992, in part because he couldn't stand the new breed of upper-crust fans who spoke on cellphones during the game. But he reprised his act in the middle of the decade during the playoffs.

The Orioles had planned to observe a moment of silence in his memory Monday night but their game against the Texas Rangers was rained out.

(The Baltimore Sun contributed to this story.)

IT's NOT SEEDY, IT's RETRO

The University of Miami will play home football games at Dolphin Stadium starting in 2008, leaving the historic but decaying Orange Bowl after seven decades.

("Decaying" is such a harsh word.)

The university's trustees decided Tuesday to make the much-debated move, which could generate $2 million or more in extra revenue annually for the Hurricanes' athletic department. City officials unsuccessfully tried to keep Miami at the Orange Bowl by promising $206 million in upgrades.

"This is a painful and sad decision," Miami president Donna Shalala said. "Almost as painful as firing the head football coach who won two national championships."

"Besides, think about how many Escalades you can buy with $2 million dollars," concluded Shalala.

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

WHILE YOU WERE OUT PARTYING, the Texas Rangers were whoopin' the O's 30 to 3. Not a typo. 30 to 3. It was the ninth time a major league team scored 30 runs, the first since the Chicago Colts set the major league mark in a 36-7 rout of Louisville in a National League game on June 28, 1897, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

In what may be the dumbest quote in baseball since 1897, Rangers' manager Ted Washington sad, "Tonight there were some balls thrown across the plate and we put them in play. Everybody was part of it. It was a total team effort."

Good one, Skip!

Earlier in the day the O's announced a contract extention for thier rookie manager. Evidently the pitching staff wasn't wild about that idea.

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

LUCKY CATCH. Matt Murphy of Queens, New York, is escorted by police after he caught Barry Bonds' record-breaking 756th career home run .

According to the New York Daily News: "Queens college student Matt Murphy - who caught the historic long ball on Aug. 7 - said he's reluctantly putting it up for auction.

"I have to sell it," he told the Daily News yesterday from San Francisco, where he announced the sale. "It comes down to simple math."

Murphy, 21, had hoped to keep the ball that hammered Hank Aaron's record but changed his mind when he realized he would be socked with a massive tax bill.

"It would probably be between $100,000 and $200,000," he said.

So the Rawlings cowhide, along with the one from Bonds' record-tying 755th home run, will be up for grabs in an Internet auction that starts next Tuesday and ends Sept. 15. The starting price has not been set, but officials from Sotheby's and SCP Auctions expect No. 756 to fetch about $500,000.

Murphy, who attends SUNY Buffalo, said he hasn't decided what to do with the windfall, although he has pledged some of it to a buddy who attended the game with him."

NOTE TO BUDDY: Get a lawyer.

(AFP/GettyImages/File/Lisa Blumenfeld)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

YOU CAN "WIN" A FILTHY USED METS JERSEY. Let the auction begin!

According to Murphy: "This is the real Jersey I wore at the Giants game while catching the famous Barry Bonds career 756 ball...I have not washed the jersey. There is a picture of me holding the Jose Reyes jersey that I wore to the game. There are several ketchup stains on the front as well as back illustrated in the pictures from being on the ground of At&t park figthing for the ball. This is the real Jersey, I will be putting the hat that I wore to the game up for bid also. There are a lot of fakes floating around......i promise you this is authentic. For me to autograph the jersey will be at the buyers request."

http://cgi.ebay.com/Matt-Murphys-Jose-Reyes-jersey-worn-while-catching-756_W0QQitemZ180149811969QQihZ008QQcategoryZ24903QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

$500,000 BASEBALL? We will have to wait and ask the Chinese historians when they draft the chapter titled "The Fall of Western Civirijations." Barry Bonds' record breaking 756th home run ball is shown with the ticket purchased by fan Matt Murphy, who caught the ball, at a news conference in San Francisco, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007. The ball will be sold online, and Murphy, 21, figures to be a half-million dollars richer.

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

THE S.S. RON MEXICO. When Chinese historians are writing about the collapse of Western Civilization look for them to point at least one finger directly at E-bay.

From the boys at Deadspin:

"You are bidding on a 2002 Aquasport 205cc Osprey fishing boat owned by MICHAEL VICK. The boat is 22 feet in length, 8 and a half feet in width and is powered by a Yamaha 150. Comes complete with GPS System, Marine Radio and numerous fishing pole holders, coolers and live wells. It can carry as many 8 adults and has the ability to pull water skis and wake boards. This package includes EZ Loader Galvinized Trailer with Power Winch and Certificate of Title signed by MICHAEL VICK."



PETA is investigating rumors of fishfighting that occured on the boat.

Monday, August 20, 2007

GAME OVER?

Michael Vick agreed Monday to plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges, a deal that leaves the Atlanta Falcons quarterback facing up to 18 months in prison and puts his NFL career in jeopardy.

Under the plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend Vick be sentenced to between a year and 18 months in prison, according to a government official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the terms have not yet been made final.

That would be a higher penalty than is usually recommended for first-time convicts, and reflects an attempt by the government to show that animal abusers will receive more than a slap on the wrist for their crimes, the official said.

The offense is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson will have the final say on how much time Vick will ultimately spend in jail

Vick's plea hearing is Aug. 27.
Defense attorney Billy Martin said Vick reached an agreement with federal prosecutors after consulting with his family during the weekend.

"Mr. Vick has agreed to enter a plea of guilty to those charges and to accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made," Martin said in a statement. "Michael wishes to apologize again to everyone who has been hurt by this matter."

The NFL noted in a statement that Vick's admission wasn't in line with what he told commissioner Roger Goodell shortly after he was initially charged.

CROOKED CIRCLE

Selena Roberts recently wrote a column in the New York Times that was reprinted in the International Herald Tribune.

VANTAGE POINT: VICK AND THE VICIOUS CIRCLE

The crooked circle Michael Vick drew around himself has tripped and squeezed him.

The first to fail Vick was Davon Boddie, a cousin and personal chef. His marijuana possession charge in April led the police to a white house with black buildings behind it on Moonlight Road in Surry County, Virginia.

The first to turn on Vick was Tony Taylor, a fast friend from Newport News, Virginia, with an arrest record for drug trafficking and a traffic record for reckless driving. He pleaded guilty last month in the macabre dogfighting case that has consumed the National Football League.

The latest to betray Vick is Quanis Phillips, a friend since middle school. Along with Purnell Peace, Phillips, who once served jail time on a drug charge, accepted a plea deal on Friday and implicated Vick as the owner and operator of a dogfighting ring. Vick was Phillips's sole breadwinner. "At certain times," a court summary of facts stated, "Phillips used a large portion of his money for living expenses."

Vick employed friends and housed pals. As several athletes have told me over the years, it's better to set up friends as personal employees than give them, as one said, a "roll of hundreds" every day.

But group dynamics can collapse under pressure...


PICTURE OF THE DAY -1

PUPPIES GOT NEW THREADS. An eight-month-old lab mix named Rocky plays in his kennel at the Atlanta Humane Society Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, in Atlanta. The Humane Society says they are using donated Michael Vick tee shirts and football jerseys they have received as cleaning rags and bedding.

That's cold.




(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

MAGGIE THE DOG wears a "Sack Vick" t-shirt at the Atlanta Falcons training camp in July 2007 in Flowery Branch, Georgia. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick admitted guilt to federal charges from a dogfighting ring, his lawyer said and could spend the next few American football seasons behind bars.

(AFP/Getty Images/File/Mike Zarrilli )

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

IN NIGHTMARES, ALL THE QBs WE DON’T WANT ON OUR TEAM ARE LEFTHANDED and REALLY OLD. Mark Brunell #8 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedEx Field. The #75 patch on his jersey signifies the actual age of his legs and his left arm.

(Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

CAROLINA PANTHERS rookies Jon Beason, center, Tim Shaw, left, and Mickey Pimemtel, right, are doused with water and ice after being tied to a goal post after the last practice for practice during the NFL football team's training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Monday, Aug. 20, 2007.

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

YELLOW JACKET CENTER Ra'Sean Dickey has been ruled academically ineligible for the fall semester. Dickey will have to get his grades up if he hopes to rejoin the team after the end of the semester in mid-December, coach Paul Hewitt said Saturday.Dickey was the team's fourth leading scorer and second leading rebounder last year. Losing Dickey is big for a team that will already be trying to replace Javaris Crittenton and Thad Young, who went to the NBA after their freshmen seasons.

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